Decades ago, back in the 70’s & 80’s cedar shakes were a common roofing choice, being made from old-growth cedar it was aesthetic, renewable and a natural insulator. Being cedar, it had to be treated to be fire (chance it could still combust at any time) and weather resistant based on the location of your home. Its curb appeal made it seem like cottages, cabins or country side homes in the suburban Lower Mainland.
Over time, it became more difficult to get good quality cedar shakes at a fair price due to old-growth forest cutting restrictions, which quickly made it one of the most expensive roofing options available. Aside from the cost of replacing a cedar shake roof, it required additional maintenance to ensure the cedar shakes remain breathable; regular treatment to prevent moss, mold & rot growth, warping, unwanted moisture absorption, and debris cleanup. Making cedar roof conversions a more reasonable option than replacing cedar shingles again.
On average, around 10 years cedar shakes become sun-faded (colour fades away) and as it inches into the 15-20 year range it will start to show signs of wear & tear, depending on the location of the home and level of maintenance; Maintaining by regularly clearing debris or moss, and applying regular treatments to reduce rotting, warping, moisture absorption and moss growth. Noticeable signs are cedar cracking, curling, shingles falling out of place or off the roof, cedar cap damage, roof leaks due to weather and rodent damage to name a few.
A cedar roof conversion refers to the process of replacing your current roofing material from tiles to another roofing material, including asphalt shingles, composite shingles, or metal. By switching from a cedar roof, you can achieve greater durability, timeless aesthetics and make it significantly more affordable to maintain.
A cedar roof offers natural beauty and durability, enhancing a home's charm. However, maintenance demands, susceptibility to mold, and decay over time have become disadvantages. These drawbacks prompt homeowners to consider converting to alternative roofing materials for reduced upkeep, improved longevity, and enhanced energy efficiency.
A cedar roof conversion involves removing the existing tile roofing material and installing another roofing material in its place. The process requires expertise and precision to ensure proper installation and secure attachment to the roof structure.
Which means it’s time to look into your roof replacement options - either a cedar roof replacement or a cedar conversion (from cedar to another roofing material).
A cedar roof replacement involves tearing off your entire old cedar shake roof and replacing it with a whole new one; cedar shingles, skip-sheathing and all. Suggested in cases where the roof is damaged beyond repair like damaged skip-sheathing, leaks in the roof, or excessive mold and rot making the roof structurally unsafe for the homeowners to live in their home, etc. Being the extreme alternative, it’s the more expensive solution in both time and cost, that very few homeowners can afford.
A cedar conversion, which is a variation of cedar roof replacement, involves replacing cedar shingles with a new material like asphalt shingles, rubber shingles, metal panels, concrete tiles, etc.; Each option requiring a roof deck to be installed because cedar shakes don’t have one to begin with. Homeowners normally opt for a cedar to asphalt shingle conversion for its comparative durability, affordability and versatile design options to other roofing materials.
When choosing either of these options, there are some areas to consider:
The cedar roof conversion process into another roofing material involves several key steps:
Before proceeding with a cedar roof conversion, consider the following factors:
Yes, several roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, metal, slate, and synthetic options, can replace cedar shingles.
The duration depends on factors like the size of the roof, chosen material, and weather conditions. It typically takes a few weeks.
Yes, different roofing materials have varying insulation properties that can impact indoor temperature.
Yes, materials like metal, clay tiles, and certain synthetics are known for their eco-friendliness and recyclability.
Roofing projects are complex and require specialized skills. It's recommended to hire professional roofing contractors.
Costs vary widely based on material, installation, and region. Generally, cedar roofs are pricier upfront, while asphalt shingles are more budget-friendly.